Rosberg left fuming as teammate Hamilton defies orders
Nico Rosberg has vented his frustration at Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after he missed out on a podium place in the 2014 Budapest Grand Prix.
Rosberg also blamed the timing of the safety car, allowing the chasing pack to make a pitstop and catch the race leaders.
The German was racing down the pit straight in first when the safety car was deployed, allowing eventual race winner Daniel Ricciardo the perfect opportunity for a pit stop.
Rosberg went on to finish 4th, one place behind Hamilton, who ignored team orders and held off his colleague for a podium finish.
Fernando Alonso was also part of the pack held up by the safety car, but still managed a 2nd place finish.
Mercedes released a video of Rosberg reviewing the race almost immediately afterwards, and the driver made his feelings clear in no uncertain terms.
Rosberg first took aim at the race officials, saying of the safety car: “It didn’t even come out at the wrong time but the way it came out was just wrong from the race officials, they sent it out at the wrong time.
“I got stuck behind it right away, and it was so slow that all those guys that managed to pit first, they got by me then, and that’s not supposed to be the case, so that was the main problem.”
Rosberg also confessed that a brake problem may have cost him a place or two, but then came the controversial admission that his own teammate defied instructions to let him pass.
“Then Lewis didn’t let me by, although he was ordered to do so, so that’s obviously not good and we need to discuss that internally”.
It remains to be seen what action, if any, Mercedes will take, but it’s certainly telling that they would publish Rosberg venting his frustrations themselves.
Rosberg, though, went on to say: “The thing I’m most annoyed about is the last lap, though, ’cause I had a little opportunity, just so close but I didn’t manage to use it.”
Despite missing out on a podium place in Budapest, Rosberg remains top of the Drivers’ Championship heading into the summer break.